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Josie and the Emeralds: Music for St Cecilia’s Day

25 November 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT

Tickets: $35 General | $25 Concessions

Each year Josie and the Emeralds celebrate St Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music at the Glebe Music Festival. This year we bring arias from John Blow’s beautiful and rarely performed Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, 1691. Honouring the spirit of Music herself, while celebrating his 450th birthday, we present Monteverdi’s La Musica from his ground-breaking opera Orfeo.

We also celebrate two more birthday composers. The much-loved John Jenkins, (425) will be represented with one of his Fantasies for five viols. For the ever-popular Philip Glass (80), Brooke Green has arranged the final movement from his String Quartet No.3, from the film Mishima.

Tracing a peculiarly English Renaissance fascination, we present In Nomines by the magnificent William Byrd and the visionary Christopher Tye.

There are premieres of two 21st century In Nomines by Brooke Green: Cock-a-hoop (a 17th century term meaning “to allow liquor to flow liberally”) is in deference to Christopher Tye while Chavela is in honour of the singer herself. Chavela Vargas was a Mexican ranchera singer, greatly admired by Pedro Almodovar and featured in his films. Almodovar recently directed the biopic Chavela – an audience favourite at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival.

Our guest artist, the dynamic and acclaimed viol player Laura Vaughan is soloist for Brooke Green’s Reza Barati, a moving and dramatic portrayal of Reza Barati’s murder on Manus Island in 2014.

In 2017, another refugee died on Manus Island: Hamed Shamshiripour. Our concert includes the premiere of Brooke Green’s Hamed Shamshiripour: a setting of some of Hamed’s last words.

Shamim, Misbah and Batoh are three refugee girls trapped on Nauru who in October 2016, were featured in the Four Corners program The Forgotten Children. Since then, Brooke Green has written music intended as musical gifts for them. (Shamim was premiered at the Glebe Music Festival, 2016.) This year, the concert will include a performance of Batoh. (2017).


  • Laura Vaughan, viols, (guest artist)
  • Josie Ryan, soprano
  • Brooke Green, director and viol
  • Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex, Annika Stagg, viols


25 November 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Glebe Town Hall, Glebe
160 St Johns Rd
Glebe, NSW 2037 Australia
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